Fan­tasy and doc­u­men­taries

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Wow -

You can see Ara­bian Nights: Vol­ume 1, The Rest­less One - tonight at 7.30pm at the Peter­bor­oughArt­sCinema, John Clare The­atre.

Thisun­con­ven­tion­al­blend of doc­u­men­tary and fan­tasy uses the sto­ries-within-sto­ries struc­ture of the clas­sic Ara­bian Nights to ex­plore the lives of or­di­narypeo­plein­aus­ter­ity-stricken, con­tem­po­rary Por­tu­gal.

Among the tales: A group of bankers dis­cover a cure for im­po­tence, a rooster is put on trial for crow­ing too early in the morn­ing, and a group of job­less cit­i­zens go swim­ming on New Year’s Day.

Mean­while t omor­row there is a spe­cial screen­ing - from7.30pmoft­wodoc­u­men­taries – Riot in the Blood and Com­mon Ground, both cre­at­ed­bytheField­TheatreGroup.

Riot in the Blood wascre­at­ed­to­com­mem­o­rateth­e200th an­niver­sary of the Lit­tle­port Riots.

It tells the story of the tu­mul­tuous events that tore a town apart in 1816, and those who paid the ul­ti­mate price for their poverty and hunger.

Fea­tur­ing eye-wit­ness tes- ti­m­o­nies and news­pa­per ac­countsoft­he­day. The­filmalso con­tains con­tri­bu­tions from liv­ing de­scen­dants of the ri­ot­ers.

Com­mon Ground fea­tures land­work­ers in Fen­land at the turn of the last cen­tury. It de­picts scenes of Fen life in all its as­pects - harsh, funny, bleak,and above all in­spir­ing.

Fea­tur­ing a cast of lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers, many of whom had never acted be­fore, Com­mon Ground was shot on lo­ca­tion at Wicken Fen, Burnt Chimney Drove and Lit­tle­port. It is also our trib­ute to those gen­er­a­tions of Fen­lan­der­swho­have­liv­edand worked within this unique land­scape.

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